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Valdosta residents prepare for severe weather

Residents in Valdosta are getting ready for severe weather as Hurricane Hermine heads towards the coast. (Source: WALB) Residents in Valdosta are getting ready for severe weather as Hurricane Hermine heads towards the coast. (Source: WALB)
A lot of people were out Thursday night, filling up their gas tanks and stocking up on food and water. (Source: WALB) A lot of people were out Thursday night, filling up their gas tanks and stocking up on food and water. (Source: WALB)
Jennifer Shinpaugh (Source: WALB) Jennifer Shinpaugh (Source: WALB)
Paige Dukes (Source: WALB) Paige Dukes (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Hurricane Hermine is expected to have a major impact Thursday night and early Friday morning in Lowndes County.

A lot of people were out Thursday night, filling up their gas tanks and stocking up on food and water. Many were even getting cash from ATMs. 

But the streets are calm as people are waiting for the worst to hit. 

One resident, and the county spokesperson said that they are prepared.

"We have flashlights, batteries, blankets, things like that so I think we are ready to go," said Valdosta resident Jennifer Shinpaugh.

"We certainly want people to be prepared for the worst so that whenever we get something but better than that we can be thankful that we have survived another storm and that our county is in tact and our citizens are safe," said Paige Dukes, the Lowndes County Public Information Officer.

The winds are expected to strengthen soon. 

The Lowndes County Emergency Operations Center will be staffed throughout Thursday night and into Friday. 

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